Pope Francis said on Monday that everyone has the right to be baptized and he would never “close the door” on anyone who wants to embrace Catholicism, even Martians.
Francis said he wouldn’t even deny "green men, with a long nose and big ears, like children draw.”
"If tomorrow, for example, an expedition of Martians arrives and some of them come to us ... and if one of them says: 'Me, I want to be baptized!' – what would happen?" he asked during a mass celebrated at Casa Santa Marta.
They would apparently become the first non-Earthling Catholics in the universe.
Referring to the Act of the Apostles in which Peter witnesses a group of non-Christians receive the Holy Spirit, Francis emphasized that the Church wouldn’t turn away anyone seeking the Rite of Christian Initiation – including children whose parents break church rules by living together as an unmarried couple or getting a divorce (not annulled by the Church).
"Who are we to close doors?" he said. "In the early Church, even today, there is the ministry of the ostiary [usher]. And what did the ostiary do? He opened the door, received the people, allowed them to pass. But it was never the ministry of the closed door, never."